Friday, June 29, 2012
Sept. 12, 1923 - June 28, 2012
Dorothy Towslee, formerly of Milton-Freewater, went peacefully to the arms of her Lord and Savior on Thursday, June 28, 2012. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at 10 a.m. at the Milton-Freewater Cemetery with Pastor Steve Lyons officiating.
She was born Sept. 12, 1923, to Earl Raymond and Louella Nina Martin at Fruitvale, Ore. She attended school in Athena, graduating in 1942. After graduation, she traveled to California to marry Gilbert Stanley Towslee in Hollywood, where he was serving in the Army. They traveled from coast to coast during World War II. After the war, they returned to Athena and operated a dairy. They sold the dairy and bought a farm on Winesap Road near Stateline. They owned purebred Angus cattle and were active supporters of 4-H for many years. Dorothy operated the Triangle Grocery Store and Gas Station near Umapine while Gilbert worked at Birdseye and farmed. When Dorothy's lease expired, she bought the Mode O' Day Dress Shop in Milton-Freewater. She won several awards over the 30 years she owned Mode O' Day including a trip to Europe. Dorothy loved people and made many friends through her business.
She was preceded in death by Gilbert in 1993 and her two older sisters, Maxine Uthe and Marjorie Walters. Dorothy and Gilbert have four children, James Merit and Molly, Stanley Raymond, Gerald Scott and Louella Copeland and Jim. There are nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Dorothy loved and enjoyed her family and treasured her many friends.
The family is especially grateful to the caring staff and many friends at Regency at the Park as well as Park Plaza Retirement Center, where Dorothy lived for the past few years.
Memorial contribution may be made to the building fund at the Junior Show Grounds, which includes the "Towslee Pavillion," in care of the
Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.